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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Titzaveh: Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz - The Smell Of A Rebel Returning Home

Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz writes that there are two terms to describe one's clothing. "Beged" which comes from the root word Boged or traitor and rebel. The other word is "Simla" which by reversing the letters means Shalem or Shleimus, complete. If so why are the Bigdei Kehuna of Aharon HaKoheim referred to as Begadim?

The Mikor for this is the Medrash by Yaakov Avinu when he came to Yitzchok for a Bracha wearing Eisav's clothing. The pasuk says (Toldos 27:27), "Vayarach Es Rei'ach Bigadav; Yitzchok smelled the fragrance of his clothing." The Medrash says Rei'ach Bogdav, the smell of the rebellious ones in Bnei Yisrael. The most rebellious ones smelled beautifully, because Baalei Tshuva are higher when they return than Tzaddikim who never sinned.

Similarly, Aharon played a role in the Chait HaEigel, and the Mishkan was a Kapara for that Chait. Each of Aharon's eight garments were Michaper on a different Chait. This is why the Torah calls them Begadim. They had the beautiful scent of Chait turned into a Mitzva, and the rebel returning home.